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Oh...what a time!

User Review  - c1808 - Overstock.com

My husband talked about this book a LOT both while he was reading it and afterward. Its an amazing chronicle of what happened during the dust bowl. Terrible times! Wellwritten book! Read full review

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User Review  - Mrsbaty - LibraryThing

My family lived this story so I may be a little bit prejudiced toward it. This is a history of people who lived through the Dust Bowl and my family, grandparents and mom, did just that. My mother owns ... Read full review

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User Review  - kvrfan - LibraryThing

The Dust Bowl was both a great ecological and a great human disaster and Tim Egan presents each narrative well. Human action--the quest for short-term profit--proved once again to lead to self-destruction. The lesson, alas, is one that has yet to be learned. Read full review

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User Review  - JamesMScott - LibraryThing

An intimate history of a sad but fascinating environmental collapse. Well-researched, and I think effective in that the author focuses his scholarship on the people who lived in and through the dust ... Read full review

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User Review  - bks1953 - LibraryThing

One of THE best books that I have EVER read. Mr. Egan took a look at a facet of US history and by telling the story through the people who lived it, has written an amazing chronicle of it. Hugely recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - mom2acat - LibraryThing

These are the true stories of the men, women and children who lived through The Dust Bowl years during the 1930's. Many families left that area when crops failed because of drought and dust storms ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristelh - LibraryThing

Great book, historical. I am glad I read this book. It is a wonderful book. Doesn't leave you with much hope that we people, God's people, ever learn our lessons. Read full review

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User Review  - LaurieAE - LibraryThing

A popular history of the Dust Bowl which is infinitely readable and well researched. There is also a very well done documentary from this author on the Dust Bowl to accompany this book. I would ... Read full review

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A very informative story about a major environmental disaster - a disaster whose prime causes were human. A disrespect of natural ecosystems and environmental limits, best summarized by the common phrase "rain follows the plow", combined with greed, speculation leading to a wheat price bubble, and a drought within normal climate variation turned a sublime grassland that once supported bison and Comanches alike into an American desert. Science, in the personification of John Wesley Powell, had warned against such unsustainable agriculture, but like climate science today, was ignored by development boosters and politicians alike. While the perseverance and hard work of the farmers profiled are admirable and hard to comprehend to modern minds, the denial of environmental facts seem all too familiar today. The New Deal responses of Roosevelt and Bennett were well-intentioned and partly successful, but in retrospect the use of tree shelter belts and agricultural subsidies were mistakes that morphed into sometimes counterproductive and problematic government programs. 

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User Review  - librarymary09 - LibraryThing

Wow. This is an amazing book, bringing the history of the Great Plains in the 1930s to life. I had no idea how bad things were. Read full review


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